Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
75% I Shot Andy Warhol (1996) The film is a dead scramble for significance in the pop-culture junk-pit, and Harron never seems sure what it is she's rummaging around for. - Spin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
17% Loaded (1996) A quintessential indie navel-gaze that scans like Deliverance for blotter-chewing Londonites. - Spin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
80% Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996) Few films empathize quite so passionately with their audience. - Spin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
90% Trainspotting (1996) As in his first film, Shallow Grave, Boyle's up-your-nose style of filmmaking is a ghoulish hoot. - Spin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
51% Stealing Beauty (1996) Bertolucci's florid, rather sophomoric notions of decadent eroticism and parabohemian lifestyles are delivered in elliptical, inconclusive fiction-workshop parcels. - Spin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
65% Suburbia (1997) Effortlessly funny, Linklater's film is also devastating and spooky in its dead-on rendering of middle-class, Middle America nothingness. - Spin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
87% Chasing Amy (1997) What's best about Chasing Amy is that it matters in a way Smith's other films don't -- it throbs with real feelings and frustrated inadequacy. - Spin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
92% Irma Vep (1996) Though Irma Vep may be best appreciated by movieheads, it's hardly just an homage. By its shrieking avant-garde climax, it's more like a statement on how history, even filmed history, can fragment and dissolve into oblivion. - Spin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
35% Star Maps (1997) One of this year's requisite Sundance buzz-magnets. Star Maps has a queasy way of snowballing into dizzy psychodrama, and a knack for eluding cliches that is smart and sometimes amazing. - Spin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
61% Box of Moonlight (1997) On one level a poignant elegy for the obsessive-compulsive, DiCillo's movie is unfashionably innocent and sweet, making it unlikely grist for the hype mill. - Spin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
85% The Ice Storm (1997) The key to The Ice Storm's ambiguity and unexpected depth is that the events of the story mean wholly different things to different characters -- there's no moral, just life sliced like a loaf of bread. - Spin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
20% Kicked in the Head (1997) Kicked in the Head is a giggly bender of a movie, staggering like a rummy with a bellyful of hootch through its paranoid landscape. - Spin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
64% Gravesend (1997) For the most part, Gravesend is a rough-hewn, bilious, dead-real trip to Endsville. relieved occasionally by a desperate chuckle. - Spin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
67% I'm Leaving Now (Ya me voy) (2019) ... the film does what films like this are supposed to do: bring us close, and open our eyes. - The Progressive EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
78% Skin (2019) Perhaps this is the most we can expect for now -- films about racism that tell us, over and over again, how very bad it is. We still wait for the film that cuts deeper. - The Progressive EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) If only Leder's film didn't over-project every narrative stroke into a sugary, overscored splat of emphasis. The only starch in the mix, and what any conscious filmgoer will respond to, is RBG herself... - The Progressive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
66% Vice (2018) Vice establishes a boisterous vision for popular political cinema we can only hope McKay continues to pursue. - The Progressive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Burning endlessly suggests questions without determining answers, and no film this year has so potently evoked the spirit of our slippery, maddening modern moment. - The Progressive EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
97% People's Republic of Desire (2018) It's the massive number of fans, coupled with the obvious catastrophic loneliness and blind devotionalism, that makes Wu's film so haunting. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
7 100% Shirkers (2018) Tan's doc is wide awake to her lost movie's resonance, as film meta-history ellipsis, as personal coming-of-age saga, and as "a time capsule of Singapore, both real and imagined". - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
No Score Yet The Mist in the Palm Trees (2006) Proves what many filmmakers, particularly Ozu and avant-gardists such as Warhol and James Benning, always knew - that the more you look at a single image, in one long viewing or in returning glimpses, the more mysterious it becomes. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
76% Invictus (2009) Invictus is Eastwood in full Stanley Kramer/Richard Attenborough mode, playing down to the Americans who love cheesy triumphant-sports movies but who generally know little about South Africa and care even less. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
65% The American (2010) The American is in fact a double-stunner - a retro-ish Euro-espionage thriller that's written, acted and directed as if it were still 1974. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
93% Araby (Arábia) (2018) It's a soft bolero of a film, painting a searing portrait of life for developing-nation laborers but coming around in the end to touches of loveliness and humanity we didn't see coming. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
91% Junior Bonner (1972) [Steve] McQueen's reticent personality and hypnotic physical grace are in perfect service, and the air of authenticity is stinging. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
96% Zama (2018) It's already one of 2018's best and most haunting films, and a lashing indictment of colonialist hubris. - The Progressive EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
56% Marie Antoinette (2006) Inadvertently, Coppola has painted a pathetic portrait of a spoiled kitten not unlike herself, born into unlimited resources and without a thought in her pretty head, before she lost it entirely. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
94% Foxtrot (2018) Samuel Maoz's moody movie, his third, leaves you guessing its intentions scene by scene, but by the end you're faced with a carefully etched portrayal of an absurd society eating itself alive. - The Progressive EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
70% Double Lover (L'amant double) (2018) It's a buffet of psychosexual delicacies, borrowed and otherwise, all staged with hot-blooded, straight-faced vigor. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
92% 24 Frames (2018) 24 Frames won't create any new Kiarostamians, but it will be a salve for those of us who wanted to sit beside him one more time, following his gaze. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
71% Happy End (2017) You have to assemble this portrait on your own; Haneke's style is cool and elliptical, and he conscientiously leaves out a lot of connective narrative tissue and exposition, making you lean in, searching for secrets. - The Progressive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
91% Rat Film (2017) Anthony's film is another brand of thing altogether, a weird and idiosyncratic tour through neighborhoods, actual and metaphoric, we thought we knew well. - The Progressive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
90% Marjorie Prime (2017) Instead, it is one of those prize indies that spools out and grows in your head for days afterwards. - The Progressive EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
100% A Gray State (2017) Nelson's film is a fairly straightforward police-file-and-talking-heads affair, energized by the use of Crowley's own storehouse of footage, and in essence positing him as a co-director. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
100% La Belle Noiseuse (1991) In its own way this sensual, granular experience is just as pure and obsessive as Rivette's less hospitable masterpieces, and almost as mysterious. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
100% Daughter of the Nile (Ni luo he nu er) (1987) It's a quintessential modern family tragedy we walk into like uninvited and invisible guests. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
92% Spettacolo (2017) Certainly, it will be difficult for many American viewers to resist not only the vacation porn, but the vision of a village so intimately bonded by its years of collective self-expression that it's nearly a social ideal. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
91% A Ghost Story (2017) I was still knuckling my forehead in skepticism through to the last few minutes. But that's when the film's mournful ache abruptly feels earned, and its mysteries become tangible. Days later I was still thinking of Lowery's inspired imagery - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
86% Okja (2017) For someone whose films are bursting with outrageous computer imagery, and whose sensibility could be characterized as hyperviolent satiric pulp, Korean director Bong Joon-ho sure is a gung-ho Captain Planet. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
78% The Little Hours (2017) Goofy as it is, Baena's film has a lovable humility to it. It doesn't try to be the definitive anything, even as it stands as arguably the savviest Decameron adaptation ever made. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
100% Harmonium (Fuchi ni tatsu) (2017) Just as in the best old-school, Cain-style noir, Fukada's film is eloquent about the fragile privileges of modern urban life and the hidden lies it can be built upon. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
92% A Quiet Passion (2017) As the sisters' lives slide into an autumnal dark age, Davies' artificiality gives way to emotional nakedness that's at times hard to watch. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
89% By the Time It Gets Dark (Dao khanong) (2017) You could be forgiven for thinking that while all this is going on, nothing at all seems to happen - it's a film, a rather gorgeous one, of glances and ephemera and delicate metaphors. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
92% Raw (2017) Some people like their movie meals straight up, steak and potatoes and no funny business. But from where I'm sitting, there's nothing quite as tasty and chewable as a film with layers and secrets. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
87% Pelle the Conqueror (Pelle Erobreren) (1988) Pelle itself, rather surprisingly, is a natural, organic epic, and one that opens a window on a meticulously detailed bygone world that, by film's end, you might feel as though you've visited. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
96% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) It's clear by now the Iranian director is something of a master, from whom every narrative filmmaker should take a crash course in complex and resonant storytelling. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
93% Toni Erdmann (2016) Movies this inventively generous and organically unpredictable should be, in a proper world, produced dozens of times a year, as a matter of routine. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
93% Neruda (2016) The past is hardly past: Neruda is a vintage figure, but his story is made fresh by both the filmmakers' imaginative will and by the oppression-stalked century we find ourselves in. - In These Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
No Score Yet The Terrorizers (Kong bu fen zi) (1986) Yang keeps all of the balls in the air, resisting definitive answers and conjuring a lean-in sense of intimate dread. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
78% The Apostate (El Apóstata) (2016) Like Gonzalo, The Apostate is so dry and calm and reflective you can practically hear the director thinking, not too much, that's enough. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016